Cruise Teams Up With Microsoft for Its Self-Driving Vehicles

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Cruise, the autonomous vehicle subsidiary of General Motors, has announced it is teaming up with Microsoft to commercialize its self-driving vehicles.

“Our mission to bring safer, better, and more affordable transportation to everyone isn’t just a tech race – it’s also a trust race,” said Cruise CEO Dan Ammann. “Microsoft, as the gold standard in the trustworthy democratization of technology, will be a force multiplier for us as we commercialize our fleet of self-driving, all-electric, shared vehicles.”

In reality, this means Microsoft has been chosen as Cruise’s preferred cloud provider and Cruise vehicles will therefore rely on Microsoft’s Azure cloud infrastructure for their cloud computing needs. Microsoft is also joining a combined new equity investment in the company (along with GM and Honda) worth $2 billion, valuing the company at $30 billion.

“Advances in digital technology are redefining every aspect of our work and life, including how we move people and goods,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “As Cruise and GM’s preferred cloud, we will apply the power of Azure to help them scale and make autonomous transportation mainstream.”

Although this collaboration is focused on Cruise, Microsoft also becomes General Motors’ preferred cloud provider, with a focus on helping with the company’s storage, AI, and machine learning needs. GM also hopes to improve its digital supply chain and improve productivity through the partnership.

“Microsoft is a great addition to the team as we drive toward a future world of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “Microsoft will help us accelerate the commercialization of Cruise’s all-electric, self-driving vehicles and help GM realize even more benefits from cloud computing as we launch 30 new electric vehicles globally by 2025 and create new businesses and services to drive growth.”

January 19, 2021
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